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Shipments Soar 23% in Dec.; Rise 11% for ’14

January 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Total wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs surged to 26,736 units in the December survey of manufacturers, soaring 23.3% greater than the final month last year. This was the largest December total in nine years dating back to 2005. Seasonally adjusted, the December 2014 total reached an annualized rate of more than 375,000 units. The strong finish this year was led by towable RV shipments which rose in December to 23,851 units, a gain of 27% over the final month one year ago. For the year... Read more

NeXus Targets Class A Diesel Pusher Market

January 23, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Bentley Class A diesel pusher by NeXus RV NeXus RV couldn’t have asked for a bigger splash when it dove into the Class A motorhome business with the debut of its first diesel pusher, an all-new, 34-foot Bentley, at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa. The Elkhart, Ind.-based factory-direct motorhome manufacturer ended up selling six of the 36-foot, rear-bedroom, four-slide coaches at the Tampa Show. The overwhelming response has prompted NeXus to double its production plans from one Bentley per week... Read more

HUD Indefinitely Delays Park Model Limitations

January 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In a memorandum dated Jan. 20, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Administrator Pamela Beck Danner announced that HUD will not be enforcing its interpretation that park model RV porches count toward the 400-square-foot limit (as measured) on those types of RVs until new regulations defining RVs are published, which is something that likely will not occur for many months. According to a news release, this memorandum supersedes a memorandum that Danner promulgated on Oct. 1, 2014, in... Read more

Winnebago Launches RV Insurance Programs

January 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Looking to expand its offerings to North American RV consumers, Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. has launched three insurance-related programs — Winnebago RV Insurance, Winnebago Premium Roadside Assistance and Winnebago Tire & Wheel Protection. In conjunction with Farm and City Insurance Services (FCIS), Winnebago RV Insurance offers a wide complement of coverage, from RV to personal insurance plans. The Premium Roadside Assistance and Tire & Wheel Protection plans are... Read more

FRVTA’s Tampa SuperShow Was the ‘Best Ever’

January 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RVers stream though displays at the Tampa Show With 63,234 people passing through the turnstiles, the 2015 Florida RV SuperShow recorded its best year ever in terms of attendance last week (Jan. 14-18) at the Florida State Fairgrounds, eclipsing the previous record of 56,953 established last year by the sponsoring Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) This news comes at a time when a host of other show organizers throughout the country are reporting similarly good news in terms of attendance and,... Read more

Keystone Plans Growth in ’15 to Meet Demand

January 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Keystone continues to grow its Goshen, Ind., campus Recognizing that demand was quickly outstripping production capacity, Keystone RV Co. has several key expansion projects planned for 2015 at its sprawling campus in Goshen, Ind. Matt Zimmerman, president of the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary, reported that construction of a 120,000-square-foot facility initiated last September is on schedule for completion late this summer. The plant will house production of its entry-level Springdale and Hideout... Read more

SSI: Nov. Towables Sales Gain 6%; Up 9% YTD

January 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Retail sales of towable RVs climbed 6% in November from a year ago and 9.3% for the first 11 months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. Results by category showed: • Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector grew 8.1% for the month and 11.3% year-to-date. • Fifth-wheel registrations edged up 1.8% in November and 6.2% for the 11 months. • Folding camping trailer sales were down 9.7% for the month and 3.2% through November. • Recreational park trailer sales... Read more

ARG Debuts ’16 American Eagle 45A in Tampa

January 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Director of Marketing Steven Hileman at unveiling The Allied Recreation Group (ARG) this morning (Jan. 14) held a press conference at the Florida RV SuperShow to unveil a complete reinvention of ARG’s upscale American Eagle Class A motorhome — a triple-slide, 45-footer featuring seamless, fully integrated front and rear caps, heated holding tanks, high-tech cockpit instrumentation and chic new interiors that the Decatur, Ind.-based motorized RV builder considers a forerunner of things to... Read more

SSI: Motorized Sales Rolling; Up 14.2% for Nov.

January 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

November motorhome retail registrations grew 14.2% compared to the same period a year ago while sales increased 15.1% year-to-date, according to the latest report by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Forest River Inc. was the sales leader for the first 11 months with a 25% market share, edging out No. 2 Thor Industries Inc. which captured a 24.2% share. Winnebago Industries Inc. was third with a 20.9% share. The Class A motorhome market posted a 12.5% gain in November and a year-to-date increase of... Read more

Jayco Expansion Increases Motorized Capacity

January 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco Motorhome Group President Tadd Jenkins It’s no secret that RV manufacturers in a strong growth market have been scrambling lately to acquire real estate and facilities in an effort to add production capacity at a pretty impressive rate – a prime example of which is the new 185,000-square-foot, Jayco Motorhome Group plant currently nearing completion on the southwest side of Jayco Inc.’s sprawling Middlebury, Ind., campus. The new steel-sided plant will accommodate about a third of the... Read more

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